On View: Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered

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This summer, come face to face with ancient relics associated with Biblical figures. Now on view through August 19, 2018, the exhibit Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered presents two seal impressions (bullae) found 3 feet apart in the Ophel excavations led by archaeologist Eilat Mazar at the foot of Jersualem’s Temple Mount. The exhibit can be seen at the Armstrong Auditorium on the campus of Herbert W. Armstrong College in Edmond, Oklahoma.

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Visitors of the Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered exhibit can see up close the bullae of King Hezekiah (left) and of Isaiah (right). Photo: Courtesy Dr. Eilat Mazar.

The Isaiah bulla was revealed to the world for the first time in the special March/April May/June 2018 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review honoring longtime BAR editor and founder Hershel Shanks. Bearing a Hebrew inscription that reads “[Belonging] to Isaiah nvy,” the bulla is damaged and missing its upper left section. In her reconstruction of the last portion of the inscription, Mazar proposes that the impression reads, “[belonging] to Isaiah the prophet.” Mazar thus suggests that the bulla was associated with the Biblical prophet Isaiah.
 


 
Our free eBook Ten Top Biblical Archaeology Discoveries brings together the exciting worlds of archaeology and the Bible! Learn the fascinating insights gained from artifacts and ruins, like the Pool of Siloam in Jerusalem, where the Gospel of John says Jesus miraculously restored the sight of the blind man, and the Tel Dan inscription—the first historical evidence of King David outside the Bible.
 


 
As recounted in the Bible, the prophet Isaiah served as counsel to the Judahite king Hezekiah (r. 727–698 B.C.E.), including during the critical period in which the Assyrian king Sennacherib waged war against Judah. It therefore seems fortuitous that the bulla of King Hezekiah was located near that of Isaiah’s in the Ophel excavations. Decorated with a two-winged sun disk flanked by ankh symbols and containing a Hebrew inscription that reads “Belonging to Hezekiah, (son of) Ahaz, king of Judah,” Hezekiah’s bulla from the Ophel represented the first time the king’s seal impression was found in an archaeological excavation. Other examples had been known from the antiquities market.

Visitors to the Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered exhibit will also be able to see the Sennacherib Prism (a six-sided clay prism detailing the Assyrian king’s campaigns against Judah), several other Assyrian inscriptions, Judahite clay vessels, and weapons used during the siege of Lachish.

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Arrowheads and sling stones from Lachish as well as other artifacts illuminating King Hezekiah’s reign will be on display in the Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered exhibit. Photo: Courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

“The stars of the show are the Hezekiah and Isaiah bullae,” said Brad Macdonald, curator of the Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered exhibit. “But the supporting cast—the arrowheads from Lachish, the Sennacherib Prism, the Assyrian wall reliefs—is also pretty extraordinary. We will use maps, illustrations, interactive aids, and storyboards to connect all these [artifacts] and create what we believe will be a unique and moving experience.”
 


 
Our free eBook Ten Top Biblical Archaeology Discoveries brings together the exciting worlds of archaeology and the Bible! Learn the fascinating insights gained from artifacts and ruins, like the Pool of Siloam in Jerusalem, where the Gospel of John says Jesus miraculously restored the sight of the blind man, and the Tel Dan inscription—the first historical evidence of King David outside the Bible.
 


 

Related reading in Bible History Daily:

King Hezekiah in the Bible: Royal Seal of Hezekiah Comes to Light

Isaiah’s Signature Uncovered in Jerusalem

The Ophel Treasure
A “once-in-a-lifetime discovery” at the foot of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount

Hezekiah’s Religious Reform—In the Bible and Archaeology

53 People in the Bible Confirmed Archaeologically by Lawrence Mykytiuk
 


 

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  • Paul says

    When will these Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah be back in Israel? Are they going to the Israel Museum-Jerusalem?

  • Donette says

    It’s great to see the Bible being confirmed. However, the Herbert W Armstrong College is not the place to display them. HwA was a false prophet. He created his own destructive and abusive Adventist Church. Even had an incestuous relationship with his daughter for many years. I grew up in this cult (Worldwide Church of God). I know the damage it has done to many people. Even within my own family. And it continues through the Church of God splits. For more information on the real legacy of HwA visit http://www.exitsupportnetwork.com

  • King says

    This still doesn’t prove those bible characters existed. Why does it have Anhks on it? Anhks are from Egypt. When did they find this fake artifact? And I’m pretty sure clay can’t be dated so it can easily be a fraud. https://youtu.be/G4VRnXPDuXs

  • Jerome says

    Absoultely incredible !!!!!. If you are into Biblical Archaelogy live in the states close to Oklahoma and do not see yourself traveling to Israel anytime soon …..even beyond that. THIS IS A MUST SEE!!!!!! Pictures do not do the seals justice when you look at them with a magnifying glass and an alluminating light.Thank you BAR and Dr. Mazar for this exciting experience.☺☺☺☺☺☺☺

    • Jerome says

      Those emojis are …..tears of JOY!!!!!

  • Burnsy says

    Luke 19:39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.

    40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.


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